Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s doting mother on his hit sitcom, died early Friday
LOS ANGELES — Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s doting mother on her hit sitcom, died early Friday. She was 93 years old.
Sheridan died in her sleep of natural causes, five days after her birthday on April 10, said Amanda Hendon, her representative and longtime friend. She did not provide further details, including where Sheridan lived.
Her “Seinfeld” role as Helen was her best-known but followed decades of work on stage and screen. In the 1970s, Sheridan appeared on Broadway in plays and musicals, the latter including “Happy End” with Meryl Streep and “Ballroom.”
“She has always been so grateful to her fans and felt blessed to have enjoyed decades of work in the entertainment industry,” including her solo show, “Mrs. Seinfeld Sings,” Hendon said in a statement. .
Another “Seinfeld” mom, Estelle Harris, died two weeks ago on April 2. Harris, who played the hot-tempered parent of Jason Alexander’s George Costanza, was also 93.
Sheridan had guest roles on such television series as “Kojak,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Family Ties,” and played pesky neighbor Raquel Ochmonek on “ALF” from 1986 to 1990. She was on ” Seinfeld” for the 1990 show at 1998 Race, starring opposite Barney Martin as her husband, Morty.
“How could anyone not like it?” Helen said of her beloved Jerry.
The actor appeared in films such as “Legal Eagles”, “Forget Paris” and “Wedding Bell Blues”. The 2010 TV movie “The Rooneys” was among his final credits.
In her book “Dizzy & Jimmy,” Sheridan recounted an early 1950s romance with a then-unknown James Dean. Sheridan, nicknamed Dizzy, was a young nightclub dancer in New York when she met Dean. After their separation, he became a star with films including “Rebel Without a Cause”. He died in a car accident in 1955, aged 24.
Born Elizabeth Ann Sheridan, the New York native was married to jazz musician William Dale Wales, who died in 2003. Sheridan is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, according to Hendon.